Two environmentally conscious architects wanted to renovate a crumbling structure on the west side of Helsinki. After examination they’ve decided to tear it down and build a 150 sq. ft. cottage that would serve as an urban getaway for their small family.
The result is a tiny modern cabin nestled among the faded 1950s-era cottages in the Lauttasaari Recreational Park, a forest of towering evergreens and pines on the Baltic Sea.
The design of this small vacation home was inspired by sailboat interiors; for example, the rope ladder providing access to the loft bed, or the birch veneer cabinets made by Paattimaakarit, a Finnish woodworking company that builds ships and boat interiors.
This modern cabin is simply adorable! The kitchen is simple and compact, featuring large windows facing the sea, a sleek oak counter with two steel stove burners, and a stainless-steel IKEA bowl that serves as a wash basin.
The living room space is raised on a platform, allowing to store shoes and firewood in the space underneath. The floor is covered by tatami rugs with built-in heating; the lounge area features a sectional sofa that converts into a bed; a black steel Danish fireplace heats up the place when the temperature drops.
This small getaway cost around $42,000 to build.
A boulder serves as a front step – simply charming!
Photography: Andreas Meichsner for The New York Times